Supporting the Transition for Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) into further training.

At GFT we support students with SEND with their transition into further training. Below please find a series of frequently asked questions in regard to the level of SEND support at GFT.

How will GFT know the support needs of a potential student?

The young person needs to declare that they have support needs on their application form so that GFT is aware. GFT may invite you in for an interview to discuss your support requirements. All young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will be invited in for an interview.

How is the decision made about the type and the amount of support a student will receive?

Depending on the level of support needed, students with an EHCP will be supported according to the requirements outlined in the plan. If a student does not have a plan, support may be assessed through a Needs Assessment by our SEND Support Tutor. A support plan may then be drawn up and shared with the young person, their tutors, the Student Engagement Officer and course manager. Students will also have their maths and English assessed in the first 2 weeks as well as an observational assessment by their tutor to see how they cope practically with the level of work given.

Will the young person get 1:1 support?

The aim at GFT is to help the young person to become independent and highly employable so 1:1 support in the training rooms are not available. However, we do have a Student Engagement Officer who will frequently review students on a 1:1 basis, to offer pastoral support alongside their main training. The aim of all support is to promote and develop the independence of young people and to prepare them for their next steps into adulthood and employment.

If a young person is anxious about starting mainstream provision. How will you support transition?

The SEND Support Tutor may offer a transition plan to ensure young people with SEND enjoy a smooth entry into GFT. The transition plan will be designed to meet the individual needs of the young person. All students are invited in for an ‘induction day’ session, which is designed to ease anxiety prior to starting the programme full time. Included in this pre-enrolment visit is a tour of the building and meetings with relevant staff/ current students.

How will the curriculum be matched to a young person’s needs?

All lessons are planned to make sure each young person gets the help they need to become more independent and more employable. Once an individualised support plan has been created, the SEND Support Tutor will work closely with all relevant tutors to ensure reasonable adjustments can be made based on their plan.

What specialist services and expertise are available at GFT?

Our tutors are experienced in supporting students with:

· Autism Spectrum Disorder (high functioning)

· Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dyspraxia

· Mild hearing impairments (sign language service is not available) · Anxiety disorders and stress · Depression

Services available:

· Exam Access Arrangements (reader, scribe, extra time) where applicable

· Student Engagement Officer

· Software is available on student computers to read out information on screen

· Coloured overlays


· GFT is accessible by wheelchair users on the ground floor only.

· Disabled toilets are available on the ground floor only.

Please note, due to having monthly starts, the downstairs training rooms may not be available on any given month. Available start dates will be discussed prior to enrolment.

What if you do not have the expertise at GFT to meet a young person’s needs?

If a young person gets accepted onto any of our Access to Employment programmes, they will be closely monitored and assessed for the initial two weeks. If the SEND Support Tutor feels GFT is not the right environment, then the young person will be referred to the Student Engagement Officer. The Student Engagement Officer works closely with external agencies and

will signpost the young person to alternative services/ provision which better meets the needs of the young person.

How will I know how the young person is progressing?

The Student Engagement Officer will liaise with the SEND Support Tutor and will update parents and carers at the end of week one and then again at the end of week two, where you will have the opportunity to discuss the progress your young person is making. In addition, you can contact the Student Engagement Officer or course manager at any time.

What do I do if I am unhappy with GFT?

Contact the Access to Employment manager who will discuss your concerns and will try to help you to resolve the issue.

Further Information

This information is intended to give parents and carers clear and accessible information, however, if there is something which is unclear, or you would like any extra information, please do not hesitate to contact the Recruitment Team on 0121 333 3001.